Rosemary Cairns Way

Rosemary Cairns Ways
Rosemary Cairns Way
Full Professor (on leave)

BMus (Queen's)
MMus (Western)
LLB (ibid)
LLM (Queen's)

BRS 406
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 5793
Office: 613-562-5124


Professor Cairns Way teaches criminal law, constitutional law and legal theory. She is the author/editor of Dimensions of Criminal Law, 3rd edition, as well as numerous articles on criminal law theory and on the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the substantive criminal law. She served as Vice-Dean of the English Program for five years between 1999 and 2007.  From 1996 - 1999, Professor Cairns Way was the full-time project coordinator of the National Judicial Institute`s Social Context Education Program, a national education program for the Canadian judiciary on equality, diversity and the judicial role.  Professor Cairns Way’s approach to teaching is both critical and constructive – her objectives are to encourage her students to imagine the progressive possibilities of law. An opera singer in her spare time, Professor Cairns Way performs regularly with Opera Lyra Ottawa at the National Arts Centre, and dreams of a law school classroom in which Mozart, Verdi and Puccini illuminate and enrich the concepts of equality, professionalism and justice.   Her primary research interests centre on equality, and in particular, on the infusion of equality values into judicial education, law school pedagogy, professional responsibility and the substantive criminal law.